• Kyodo


The ruling Democratic Party of Japan agreed Thursday to break a political taboo and raise the consumption tax in 2014 after Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda entered the debate himself to iron out the tax panel’s differences on the issue.

“I’m tackling this issue while believing this is the culmination of my political career,” Noda said at the meeting, asking more than 100 lawmakers to clarify when to raise the sales tax under its reform plan.

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